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A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it
Title : A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it
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Creator : Woods, Harold
Source : English, Thomas Woolmer, PRG 381/23/3
Place Of Creation : Gallipoli
Date of creation : 1915
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Photograph of a 'sap' (a deep narrow trench constructed to approach an enemy's position), with several soldiers sitting in the trench. The caption for the original photograph reads 'A "T" Sap, Walker's Ridge."

CEW Bean describes this photo as 'taken on 'Walker's Ridge' in May 1915. (The light horseman who is smoking in the background and the private in the foreground were father and son.) ... Taken by Pte. H.V. Woods, 4th Fld. Amb.' Official history of Australia in the war 1914-1918, Volume 12 photographic record, plate 77.

The photographer was 1101 Private Harold Vynne Woods, he enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia on 22 September 1914, a member of the 4th Field Ambulance. After promotion to Sergeant he was selected to attend Officer Cadet Battalion and on qualifying for a commission promoted to Lieutenant. He was wounded in action in May 1918 and returned to Australia in October 1918. After the war he lived at Victor Harbor and died on 20 December 1993 aged 104.

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Coverage year : 1915
Place : Gallipoli
Further reading :

Bean, C. E. W. Gallipoli mission, Sydney : ABC Enterprises in association with the Australian War Memorial for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1990

Bean, C. E. W. Gallipoli correspondent, the frontline diary of C.E.W. Bean / selected and annotated by Kevin Fewster, Sydney : George Allen & Unwin, 1983

Brice, Chris. 'Gallipoli...hell & glory', The Advertiser, 21 April 1990, Magazine, pp. 2-3

Chambers, Stephen. Anzac : the landing, Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2008

Hart, Peter. Gallipoli, Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011

Laffin, John. Damn the Dardanelles! : the story of Gallipoli, Sydney : Doubleday, 1980

Reid, Richard. A 'duty clear before us': North Beach and the Sari Bair Range, Gallipoli Peninsula : 25 April-20 December 1915, Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2000

Steel, Nigel and Peter Hart. Defeat at Gallipoli, London : Macmillan, 1994

Winter, Denis. 25 April 1915: the inevitable tragedy, St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1994

Internet links :

Australian War Memorial See: Encyclopedia: Gallipoli

Gallipoli: The drama of the Dardanelles [Imperial War Museum, UK]

Visit Gallipoli [Department of Veterans Affairs]



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